Year to year my memory fails me. I was trying to remember what March 2012 was like. Am I behind or ahead of last year? I took a look back at my post from last year, and everything is different this year. A year ago we had significant warm stretch and then a cold snap that really effected the growth, especially fruit trees. So far I think we are following a more traditional pattern of weather.
While plants outside are growing slowly, the seedlings inside are growing strong.
Pepper have a longer germination period. There are several sprouts in on “cell” so I will need to split them, but I will wait until the get a little bigger and stronger.
The celery is tilting to the fluorescent light. I turn them around so they are not permanently tilted.
The tomatoes are doing well, and a couple of plants have their first “true” leaves. [True leaves come after the first two leaves have a different appearance and look more “true” to the leaves ]
I was very excited to receive my second seed delivery of the year. For the first time I order seeds from the Medomak Valley High School Heirloom Seed Project. I am a MVHS graduate and am very proud of their seed program.
Every plant variety has a history. They not only perpetuate the plant variety but its heritage. The rutabaga seeds pictured above came from the “Cambridge” shipwrecked on Old Man Ledge Feb 10, 1886 and has been a Maine heirloom for many generations. I look forward to participating in this varieties long history.
I hope you will join me in participating in the old tradition of growing food this year. If you have not grown food before start with a small patch of lettuce, another green or herbs inside. Once you start with your own I think you find it difficult to not try growing a few more plants.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.